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Something To Remember Me By


I never planned to write an autobiography. Those I have read seem to be the self-serving, egoistical ramblings of actors, television personalities or politicians etc., or the quiet, introspective wonderings of people whose lives were actually interesting, but who don’t know how to write. Very few, even those written by talented ghostwriters, hold my attention for long.

There are, of course, exceptions. Laurie Lee’s ‘Cider with Rosie’ and ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’ are wonderful, evoking a past that is now forever lost.

However, my wife insisted I write about my life; ‘For your children and grandchildren.’ So, I sat down and wrote this present book, ‘Something to Remember Me By’ – to paraphrase the song by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz.

Another thing I wish to make clear is that Mark Patrick is a pseudonym that I use for my books, stories and articles. My real name is Adrian, which I’ll mention a time or two in this book.



An Affair of Court

Book 6 in the series 

'The Chronicles of the White Tower'


     Lady Marie Anne de Vilmanne, a seventeen year old Adapti of the Order of the White Tower, agrees to meet a close friend, not realising that this meeting will set off a chain of events that will bring the kingdom to the brink of civil war.

 

          First she meets three thieves.

          Then she meets a Lord and his family.

          After that she meets the chief of the Guild of Assassins.

          And a few days later, she meets a Goddess.

 

        Marie Anne’s life begins to get interesting subsequent to that meeting; although her life expectancy is sharply reduced.

 

        A deadly plot, aimed at the lives of nobles and involving the assassination of the young High King, is uncovered. Marie Anne is in a position where she can protect King John and is asked to do so by her Order of Chivalry. But no one foresaw that the King and the Lady would fall in love; least of all the couple principally involved.

 

      The arrangement that began as protection for the King quickly became real and romantic, if not passionate.

 

        But can the young King, and a Lady with no experience of court life, survive amid the political machinations of experienced nobles, courtiers and the Conclave of Bishops?